pal·​met·​to | \ pal-ˈme-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce palmetto (audio) also pä-, päl-, pȯ-, pȯl- \
plural palmettos or palmettoes

Definition of palmetto

1 : any of several usually low-growing fan-leaved palms especially : cabbage palmetto
2 : strips of the leaf blade of a palmetto used in weaving

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Examples of palmetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The public revolted, especially at the palmetto tree that was far from robust. Star Tribune, "Palmetto pride: South Carolina state flag sparks debate," 16 Mar. 2021 Or move down south and make a fresh start amid the palmetto trees and pimiento cheese?), and Celia has a lifetime to figure out and too few days in which to do it. Ashley Leath, Country Living, "Our March Front Porch Book Club Selection is 'The Restoration of Celia Fairchild'," 1 Mar. 2021 The state previously used a design that depicted a palmetto tree and a crescent moon, and the historians wished to honor the state’s heritage by adopting a variation of it. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "South Carolina debuts new state flag and the public hates it," 1 Jan. 2021 But the problem most had with the new flag focused on its beloved palmetto tree. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A redesigned South Carolina flag was scrapped after residents made fun of its palmetto tree," 31 Dec. 2020 The palmetto is synonymous with the state of South Carolina and its coastline, adorning the state flag and emblematic of a relaxed life lived close to nature. Jessica Dailey, Town & Country, "South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff Makes Everyday Life Feel Like Vacation," 23 Oct. 2020 Alexander's 65-year-old father had gone to Okeechobee County to pick palmetto berries with others, including the man who Alexander is accused of assaulting. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Bengals notebook: CB Mackensie Alexander reports back to practice," 1 Sep. 2020 The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office says Jean Alexandre had gone to Okeechobee County to pick palmetto berries, with others and including the man who was assaulted by Alexander. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "What we know about Bengals player Mackensie Alexander's Florida arrest," 27 Aug. 2020 His father, Jean Odney Alexander, went to northwest Okeechobee County with another man on Monday to pick palmetto berries somewhere on the prairie when the other man left the 65-year-old behind, according to the sheriff’s office. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Bengals' Mackensie Alexander arrested over incident involving man who last saw missing father: report," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of palmetto

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palmetto

modification of Spanish palmito, from palma palm, from Latin

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19 Mar 2021

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“Palmetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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pal·​met·​to | \ pal-ˈme-tō How to pronounce palmetto (audio) \
plural palmettos or palmettoes

Kids Definition of palmetto

: a low-growing palm with leaves shaped like fans

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